DuPage Children’s Museum Receives $5,000 Grant from Subaru of America Foundation
NAPERVILLE – DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant awarded by the Subaru of America Foundation. The sponsorship will benefit DCM’s School Programs Learning Labs, titled “Tomorrow’s Energy Today,” offered in Itasca, Bensenville, Roselle, and Addison school districts.
DCM’s School Programs provide interactive learning experiences that lead to the mastery of STEM concepts and the development of creativity and problem solving skills. Learning Labs are offered on-site at schools with a low-income, at-risk populations, as well as at the museum. DCM’s trained educators, known as Lab R.A.T.S. (Radical Approach to the Subject), facilitate instruction and guide students to explore new and engaging topics.
“Tomorrow’s Energy Today” provides students the opportunity to discuss many different forms and sources of energy, learning the characteristics of each including which are renewable/non-renewable. Students can also partake in acting out an energy transfer chain that explores two states of energy – potential (stored) and kinetic (movement) – as well as a carbon cycle.
“The School Program, “Tomorrow’s Energy Today,” encourages students to explore their curiosity around STEM concepts, providing an important foundation as they aspire towards future careers,” said Sandy Capell, philanthropy and corporate responsibility manager at Subaru of America, Inc. “As part of Subaru of America Foundation’s goal to increase access to opportunities in local communities, we are proud to partner with DuPage Children’s Museum to enhance the academic learning experience of local youths.”
This past year, DCM partnered with 36 school districts to bring hands-on Learning Labs to more than 14,500 students and engage over 3,000 parents, teachers, and administrators in the programs. DCM’s approach to School Programs is distinctive due to the mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with local school districts, teachers, family members and community organizations.
Important DCM School Programs would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, sponsors, grantors, and our nearly 9000 member families. Fundraising opportunities are still available. To find out more about how you can make an impact today, please contact our Development Department at (630) 637-8000.
About DuPage Children’s Museum
The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represents well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.